Stainless steel pots are susceptible to rust, hard water damage and oxidation. Protect your pots before their first use by seasoning them with oil, creating a protective barrier and filling in any imperfections to reduce sticking and baked-on food. Soaps eliminate the oil layer created by seasoning, so you should repeat the process any time you wash your pots with soap.
Things You'll Need
- Clean towel
- Vegetable oil
- Paper towel
Wash your stainless steel pot in mild dish detergent and hot water. Dry the pot completely with a clean towel.
Spread a layer of vegetable oil throughout the inside of the pan, up to the rim.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place the pan in the oven for one hour. Turn off the oven and set the pan out to cool.
Wipe the inside of the pan out with a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
Repeat the process any time you wash your pan with soap or wash it in the dishwasher.